2009, 1999 – Ten Years of Y2K Retrospectives

The New Year 2010 will be here tonight so like others my thoughts have been on the past … and the future. This happened because the other night I was sitting in bed scrolling through my smart phone emails when I saw a Computerworld email entitled “Y2K: The good, the bad and the crazy.” Boy…

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Compliance, Automated with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server

Utilities are facing unprecedented levels of regulatory compliance in an increasingly fast-moving business environment. Not only are they exposed to the harsh atmosphere of competition and enforcement, but on an almost daily basis, management and boards of directors are being asked to anticipate and implement significant regulatory requirements, in a cost effective way. Utility directors…


Consultants’ Newsletter Touches on How Credit Crunch Fiasco Could Hurt U.S. Utilities

With global stock markets reeling in the last week, I found a report from Black& Veatch to be quite interesting and worth the read. Specifically, the report notes how the growing credit crunch could hurt capital-intensive utilities. Constellation Energy and Reliant Energy are but two utilities that have recently suffered. More examples may be on…


Cyber security and critical infrastructure protection – Managing for success

To say that Utilities are meeting the challenges of a difficult age is probably the understatement of the decade. One need only look at the comments of Rick Sergel, president and CEO of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), to the state regulators at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) summer meetings…